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The largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil is the home of a multicultural population of nearly 200 million. Although the country possesses a vast wealth of natural resources and is among the 10 largest economies in the world, Brazil ranks eighth worldwide in social inequality.

A significant proportion of the population suffers from discrimination, prejudice, and extreme income inequality. About 16 million people live below the poverty line, and 50 percent of them are Brazilian children. Challenges include poverty, inadequate education system, poor health care and lack of housing.

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To strengthen the family and community bonds, ChildFund offers workshops on family issues, community events and home visits from trained staff, who teach them about child care, nutrition and protection at home and in the community. To protect and help children grow, ChildFund works to raise families’ awareness about their role in child development. ChildFund also supports preschools and day care centers to transform themselves into healthy environments for child development.

ChildFund Brazil promotes access to quality education and work closely with the schools, offering awareness workshops with the school community on topics such as inclusive and democratic education, child empowerment within school life and the role of the family in school life. Family and community environment workshops promote a culture of peace and help reduce violence in schools. Schools also receive support for the formation and strengthening of school councils with effective participation of the children, adolescents and parents.

To complement their school activities, children participate in socio-educational activities focused on citizenship, social justice and peace.

For older Brazilian children, ChildFund offers awareness and learning workshops on themes related to the rights of children, with the aim of strengthening their understanding of their rights and family and community relations. Youth groups and networks open the way for them to participate in campaigns, movements and decision-making processes at the community, municipal and regional levels and in partnership with civil society. Brazilian kids also learn about citizenship, leadership and the labor market.

ChildFund Brasil and the communities in which it works partner with municipal councils and local organizations to promote the rights, services and benefits available to children and their families.

Brazil has struggled with infant mortality rates in recent times, a common problem in developing countries. The infant mortality rate in 1990 was reported as 58 deaths per every 1,000 live births, according to UNICEF. This rate has dramatically improved since then, with 16 deaths per every 1,000 births in 2011. Brazil was able to improve the infant mortality rate by implementing various community health programs and family health initiatives, improving sanitation and providing better maternal education. While Brazil has been effective in addressing the issue, child mortality still remains a problem that affects many, particularly in rural areas.

A lack of doctors in rural areas mean long waits and overcrowded emergency rooms. While there is a state healthcare system, much of Brazil’s investment in this area comes from private entities. Private health care provides better care, but it is a luxury people living in rural areas cannot afford. Medical facilities in these areas are not profitable, resulting in poor access to health care for many. ChildFund’s efforts in Brazil focus on training community volunteers to educate families on reproductive health, child development and children’s nutrition and health.

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  • May 21, 2011

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  • Brazil


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